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Diane Ehrensaft

University of California San Francisco
Director of Mental Health, Child and Adolescent Gender Center
Diane Ehrensaft, PhD, is a developmental and clinical psychologist, associate professor of pediatrics at UCSF, and Director of Mental Health of the Child and Adolescent Gender Center, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. She specializes in research, clinical work, training, and consultation related to gender-expansive children, and publishes and lectures both nationally and internationally on this topic. Dr. Ehrensaft is presently co-investigator in a four-site NIH grant studying the effects of puberty blockers and gender-affirming hormones in gender-expansive and transgender youth and principal investigator in a companion four-site grant studying the psychological experiences of prepubertal gender-expansive children. She is co-editor with Dr. Colt Keo-Meier of The Gender Affirmative Model, and author of The Gender Creative Child; Gender Born, Gender Made; Mommies, Daddies, Donors, Surrogates; Building a Home Within (co-edited with Toni Heineman); Spoiling Childhood; and Parenting Together. Dr. Ehrensaft received her PhD from the University of Michigan and has served on the faculty of UCSF, UC Berkeley, the Wright Institute Berkeley, Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California, and Access Institute San Francisco. She is a member of WPATH and a chapter work group member for the WPATH Standards of Care Version 8, and she is on the board of directors of Gender Spectrum, an organization providing education, advocacy, and support to families, schools, and community to build gender inclusivity. Dr. Ehrensaft is also a founding member, advisory board member, and senior clinician of A Home Within, a national organization offering pro bono psychotherapy and serving the emotional needs of children and youth in foster care.

My Friday Slate Sessions

Friday, October 18

9:40am PDT